The “One Subject at a Time” Act currently before Congress and the Senate proposes legislation that would be needed for an effective Direct Democracy. Each bill or joint resolution would be required to have a short title that clearly describes the subject (no legislation could be called something vague, such as the “Patriot Act”). Under this act, each bill or joint resolution would concern only one subject, so that undesirable laws cannot be piggybacked onto desirable laws.
Each bill should be of limited length and posted online for some period before the vote so that the public, the press, and watchdog groups can read the legislation too. No “emergency” bills could be voted on without time for the public to become aware of the proposed legislation.